LinkedIn Learning Courses – Do Recruiters Accept Its Certificates?

Lynda.com used to be a subscription-based online learning platform where anyone could acquire new skills for a fee. LinkedIn purchased it in 2015 and renamed it LinkedIn Learning. Lynda.com was formerly the go-to place for improving digital skills, particularly in graphic design. If you needed it, Lynda could teach you Photoshop or AutoCAD.Although you can still find certain Lynda classics on LinkedIn Learning, the new site is overflowing with business-related courses, ranging from management training to entrepreneurship. LinkedIn Learning offers a tremendous amount of content. The quality of the courses varies, and the system for classifying them could be better. It can be hard to find what you want at times.

If you have a LinkedIn Premium subscription, LinkedIn Learning is included, so take a look around and see what you can find that interests you. You can now purchase a LinkedIn Learning subscription without first purchasing a premium membership, which you couldn’t do in prior years. This is a wonderful change.

Beyond LinkedIn Learning, there are a slew of other online learning options, but their offerings vary and depends on what you want to learn. First and foremost, Khan Academy (which is free) excels in teaching academics. MasterClass is the place to go if you want motivational presentations and personalized guidance from experts in their fields. Skillshare focuses on creative skills, giving workshops on everything from selling items on Instagram to learning how to use an electric sewing machine. Coursera allows you to take free courses from Yale and other prominent colleges.

How much does it cost to learn on LinkedIn?

To gain access to LinkedIn Learning’s courses, you have two options. To begin with, you can pay $29.99 per month or $239.88 per year to subscribe to LinkedIn Learning directly. To subscribe, you’ll need a LinkedIn account (which is free). This is a costly fee for what you get, especially when compared to other online learning providers.

The second alternative is to purchase a premium LinkedIn account, which comes with a variety of subscriptions starting at $39.99 per month. Keep in mind that a paid LinkedIn account comes with a lot more than simply access to LinkedIn Learning, such as the ability to message individuals even if you’re not linked to them. We consider LinkedIn Learning to be more of a benefit than a reason to upgrade to a premium membership.

There is no opportunity to purchase individual course access, which is a shame because there are some fantastic courses for certain hard skills, particularly software learning. As long as you’re logged into your LinkedIn account, you can get a free month-long trial of either LinkedIn Learning or Premium.

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What Are the Prices of Other Learning Sites?

An online learning course might cost a lot of money. Only annual all-access subscriptions, starting at $180 per year, are available from MasterClass. Skillshare’s pricing has fluctuated throughout the years, but it now appears to have settled at a low annual rate of $29.88. Wondrium, originally The Great Courses Plus, has a monthly subscription fee of $20.

Khan Academy is completely free to use. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that takes donations. Some sites like Coursera, Udacity, and Udemy, among others that provide more practical skills training, provide some courses for free, while others cost $40 to $400 a month.

LinkedIn Learning courses

Courses and materials for learning

Log into LinkedIn and click “Learning” in the upper-right corner once you have a premium account. When you first visit the Learning section of the site, you’ll see a few brief surveys asking what kind of stuff you’d want to learn. Then LinkedIn Learning provides material that is relevant to you.

You may also look for material by exploring categories. There are three areas at the highest level: business, creativity, and technology. Subjects, Software, and Learning Paths are the three subcategories of each. Additional themes can be found beneath those divisions.

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These classifications and subcategories are perplexing. For example, if you want to learn After Effects, you should go under “Creative” rather than “Technology.” Programming, development, security, and other information systems subjects are covered under the Technology area. You can check under either “Business” or “Technology” if you wish to learn new Excel skills. Microsoft Office is in the same boat. Where can I get courses on personal wellness? Under the heading of “business.” If you’re seeking writing instruction, skip the creative section because it’s devoid of any. However, if you use the search box to look for writing classes, you’ll find plenty.

It’s recommended to start with the search bar if you’re looking for a specific skill or type of course. The Learning Paths are one of the advantages of perusing the categories. Learning Paths are curated collections of films on a certain topic. One path, for example, explains how to start a small business. LinkedIn Learning has 11 courses on this topic that are all displayed together.

LinkedIn Learning’s path to learning

What’s the atmosphere like in the classes?

The new material from LinkedIn Learning, which includes videos created after the company was no longer known as Lynda.com, resembles a glorified slideshow presentation. This is especially true when it comes to business materials. The videos have about as much charm as a PowerPoint presentation in a boardroom. The videos alternate between slides and a presenter who speaks slowly and clearly (and clearly reads from a script). Animated slides are included in some of the slides. Some of them have text on them. Some of the cutaways resemble typical cutaways, including video b-roll or photo stills. Despite the great production quality, these appear to be business-grade slideshows.

In these instances, the substance can still be extraordinary. For example, a course on plain language writing provided clear explanations of why people should use plain language in their writing as well as advice on how to do so. This, on the other hand, made the presenter lose all of his or her personality because the presentation was so formal.

Another course on overcoming your inner critic contained some interesting ideas, but it was overproduced. The presenter smiles at the camera and delivers her scripted lines with zeal, yet it all appears manufactured. She makes her points, to be sure, but nothing about it sticks in the mind of the learner. Compare this to Christina Aguilera’s MasterClass course. Even if you don’t know much about professional singers, you’ll remember her vivid stories, such as when she tells you how she sweeps her finger across a plate of honey and licks it off during concerts when she has to lubricate her throat. Storytelling, with Aguilera scooping up honey with her finger, produces an indelible impression on the audience. PowerPoint presentations almost never work.

Consider taking a memoir writing course with Mary Karr on Skillshare. She may mumble “uh” and “you know” a few times, or turn away from the camera as she tries to put words together, but her genuineness shines through.

Some of LinkedIn Learning’s older courses are more colorful. When Ben Long is outside talking about composition and light in his 2015 portrait photography course, he may be reading his notes, but he is visibly more present than someone who is following a script word for word. Mograph Techniques (2015) by EJ Hassenfratz is clearly scripted, but he occasionally interrupts to say, “Let me zoom in here,” while showing you a detail in how he uses his software. Despite the writing, you get the impression he’s with you. Newer videos, on the other hand, tend to come off as inflexible or unduly corporate.

Lynda’s material for learning to code is still available on LinkedIn Learning. From fundamental HTML to advanced C++, the courses are many and cater to both beginners and specialists. There are classes on everything from the fundamentals of programming to user interfaces, responsive design, and mobile app development. Many tutorials, including some that are free, are specifically designed for youngsters, which will please teachers.

Because LinkedIn Learning covers such a wide range of topics, not simply coding, it’s understandable that not all courses include dedicated forums or live phone chat. The best you can do is ask questions in the comments section of a video and hope that they are answered. LinkedIn, on the other hand, is a social network that already has a lot of people who want to help you get a job.

The coding lessons on LinkedIn Learning aren’t as interactive as those on Treehouse or Codecademy, our Editors’ Choice recommendations for paid and free learn-to-code courses. They make up for it, though, by giving you a lot more information outside of coding for the same price each month.

LinkedIn Education Ariana’s Learning Objectives and Certificates of Completion

You can set a weekly goal for how many minutes you want to spend watching videos on LinkedIn Learning, and you can track your progress in your account. The account also retains your progress in different courses, allowing you to pause Arianna Huffington when she starts talking about meditation and restart after a break.

Upon completion of many LinkedIn Learning courses, you will receive a certificate that you can download as a PDF or upload to your LinkedIn profile. Certificates were also widespread in the days of Lynda.com, but it’s worth noting that they don’t always have any real-world value. They might be useful if your employer pays for your premium account and wants proof that you’re using it properly.

LinkedIn Users Get a Great Perk!

If you have a LinkedIn account that is paid, you should definitely look into LinkedIn Learning. Even if you don’t, the free trial is well worth your time. Whether or not you pay for it is entirely dependent on how well the courses fulfill your requirements. To find exactly the types of programs you desire, we recommend utilizing the search box rather than the browse tool when looking for courses. We preferred the videos on software, photography, and other technical skills from about 2015 and before to many of the more recent business courses, which we found to be too corporate.

We recommend Skillshare for creative talents, MasterClass for inspirational content, and Khan Academy for academic courses if LinkedIn Learning doesn’t provide the lessons you’re looking for. Treehouse and Codecademy are excellent options for learning to code.